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Despite his ordinary appearance, Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed is anything but ordinary. He is the son of the famously wealthy Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud who has been affectionately called the Bill Gates of Saudi Arabia. He lived a lavish life until something changed him forever. He was on an exotic hunting trip and was so disgusted by the “cowardly” practice, he went vegan. His move to a plant-based diet also prompted him to question other aspects of his lavish life and became fixated his country’s role in climate change.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer of crude oil and over 90 percent of the nation’s revenue comes from the oil business but Khaled bin Alwaleed hopes to changes this. He has invested millions of dollars in an industrial solar panel factory and hopes that this clean energy will be able to replace fossil fuels in the future. In his most recent effort to promote clean energy, he has installed 100,000 LED lights across Amad Jordan along with solar panels to power them. The project is estimated to cut the local government power bills by as much as 60 percent.

Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed told The National Observer, “Climate change and the unjustified consumption of energy are two of the most serious issues we face today at the macro-level.” He has been speaking at various business forums about his vision fo Saudi Arabia’s clean energy economy – and Saudi Arabia is listening. His father recently announced $50 million investment Breakthrough Energy Ventures as part of a larger plan to put over one billion dollars into clean energy technologies. Saudi Arabia also signed on to the 2016 Paris Agreement and the oil-rich nation has announced that they will be completely rid of their oil dependency by 2035.

While Khaled bin Alwaleed’s effort to bring clean energy to the Middle East is inspiring, he’s not stopping at LED lights. He sees his fight for clean energy as directly linked to his vegan lifestyle. He told the National Observer, “Animal welfare, factory farming, the environment — usually they’re solvable if we look at things in an economic way, a humane way and a practical way rather than a greedy way.” And he is right.

The animal agriculture industry is responsible for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the world which is more than the entire transportation industry. But by taking meat out of your diet, you can cut your carbon footprint in half. We should use Pince Khaled bin Alwaleed’s inspiring story as motivation in our lives. Whether it we are building solar panels or eating responsible, we can all work to address climate change on a personal level.

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Image source: Khaled bin Alwaleed/Instagram

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1 Months Ago

So its okay for them to be environmentally friendly but treat humans like crap. Their women are oppressed and do not have the same freedoms that many women have worldwide. I see nothing good about this and he is not a wonderful prince! Are you kidding me!!!!

09 Mar 2017

I totally agree. I am happy he\'s vegan. I am happy he\'s doing his share to better the planet. But really? Praising him? I just don\'t get it.

1 Months Ago

Excellent news. There is hope for Saudi Arabia with leaders like this wonderful prince. All nations could benefit from leadership like this. Go Prince!!!

Ryan C
1 Months Ago

It\'s wonderful to know that there are wonderful people doing wonderful things, even in the places you\'d least expect it. Well done, Prince Khaled! :)

Debora Pita
2 Months Ago

Very good news! All the sucess to you Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed.

2 Months Ago

Here is a young man who had no cause to questions as he was entitled but he did. DonaldTrump,our illustrious dictator whose illiteracy is questioned is running our country (into the ground). Kick out the animal, environment, and everything else hater and let this young Muslim (I should not assume though although Trump would) run our country. He might do a much better job. An impressive person in an unlikely place.

Chrissy Merton
14 Feb 2017

Yes, isn\'t it inspiring? I notice Saudi Arabia wasn\'t on Trump\'s list ofcountries whose people had wanted to ban from US - he knows they have oil...

June Haigh
2 Months Ago

Wow, well done Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed. You are a young man of vision and compassion. Many people, including myself, are very grateful that you are making a difference and working towards a happier, healthier world for your countrymen. Hopefully your example will inspire others around the world to do the same for theirs.

2 Months Ago

thanks about this news vegans people are inspiring for better world hey !

Rick Lascelles
2 Months Ago

The recipe for happiness is living in accordance with your principles, even if the most of the world seems cold and couldn\'t care less. On your bad days, you just need to know there is a vegan Saudi prince promoting solar power. Thanks for that.

Sally Parker
18 Feb 2017

Are you being facetious?? ;)

06 Mar 2017

Yes, exactly that. Sometimes I really feel low and think there is no hope left. Especially seeing what the US has put into power. So terribly depressing. Then you read news like this and you do start smiling and hope again. Maybe not everything is lost. Maybe there is still some hope. I read a very good article about this wonderful prince: at the end he says that is optimistic, that if we go on in this way we shall make such a mess that we shall sweep ourselves from the planet and ...after that the planet will re-align itself and will start to bloom again. It\'s something I like to think. Humans are the leprosy of the Earth, its malignant tumour. If we don\'t see reason we shall be swept away.

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